Bernard Francis Carter


Bernard Francis Carter, 85, of Granbury died on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, surrounded by his wife and five of his seven children.

Service was at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church in Granbury. Interment: At his birthplace of Leavenworth, Kansas at a later date.Memorials: Happy Hill Farm or Catholic Charities.

Bernie was born Jan. 26, 1927 to Garfield and Helen Sonnefeldt Carter. His mother died when he was 16 months old. He was raised by his Grandma Anna Sonnefeldt and Aunt Mary Lytell, assisted by Aunt Rose and Aunt Margaret. Bernie always wanted his own family and did so as an adult.

He was a graduate of Lansing, Kansas High School, served in World War II, and attended Grinnell College and Colorado State University. He worked for Boeing in Seattle, then he spent his career in mining with Kennecott Copper Corp in Ely, Nevada, Ozark Lead in Salem, Missouri, building a copper mine in Globe, Arizona and completed his career as a mining consultant in Elko, Nevada. He retired in 1990 to Granbury, Texas to be near grandchildren and play golf.

Bernie married Mary Elaine Powell on July 4, 1947 and they celebrated their 65th anniversary. Together they had seven children. Bernie served on the White Pine County School Board in Ely, Nevada for many years, serving as the first president of the Nevada State Board of Education. He served on golf committees at deCordova Bend Estates. He was currently a board member of the Acton Municipal Utilities Board.

Bernie’s greatest pleasure was watching his sons and grandchildren play all sports – football, soccer, basketball, baseball, golf, rugby, etc. This was closely followed by his love of golf. Retiring on a golf course was his “little bit of heaven.” He was highly intelligent and could converse or debate many subjects. Bernie will be missed by many.

Survived: His loving wife, Mary Elaine of Granbury. Five sons; Bernard Carter, Jr. and wife Susie of Reno, Nevada, Dr. Richard Carter and wife Kristel of Arlington, Texas, Dr. Jeffrey Carter and wife Patricia of Arlington, Texas, Timothy Carter and wife Elizabeth of Reno, Nevada, and Christopher Carter and wife Taryn of Prosper, Texas. Two daughters; Kathleen Ennis and husband Rex of Eminence, Missouri and Cynthia Carter of Granbury, Texas. He leaves 19 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Wiley Funeral Home made arrangements.